20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web
Shiny Google People promote their vision life, the universe, html5, and everything in the guise of a children's book. More myopic than Microsoft, heavier-handed than a railway baron, more condescending than Bill Buckley. It's all about revision and Manifest Destiny, wrapped up in a shameless rip of Dr Seuss figures. Sure, it shows what they can do with html5, but so would an html version of The Wasteland. Meh.
book  revisionist_history  google  marketing  ebook  death_by_google 
november 2010
Social networking: teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for pupils' poor grades - Telegraph
The opening claim - "Children who spend much of their time online find it harder to concentrate in class, are permanently distracted and have shorter attention spans, researchers found." - turns out to be perceptions and beliefs by teachers. The article tells us more about misconceptions than what student are doing. Shame on Telegraph.
Fyc  myths  facebook  twitter 
november 2010
Content Strategy: The Philosophy of Data - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
by Rachel Lovinger. Early piece on content strategy and thinking about difference between copy and content
wcw  content_strategy  copywriting  design  IA  marketing  ux  freelancing  writing 
november 2010
The Shadow Scholar - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Freelancers. Make xtra $$ at home on your spare time. Paper pirates are pricey. Let's keep it that way.
freelancing  cheating  fyc 
november 2010
The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics « Clay Shirky
Even Murdoch can't change the commodity market. "online, the Times has stopped being a newspaper, in the sense of a generally available and omnibus account of the news of the day, broadly read in the community. Instead, it is becoming a newsletter, an outlet supported by, and speaking to, a specific and relatively coherent and compact audience."
journalism  newspaper  paywall  media  Shirky 
november 2010
The Ed Techie: Twitter as interdisciplinary tool & culture
Martin Weller discusses how some of the conventions of twitter help users organize their space to support interdiscplinarity. Mentions reasons for retweeting and how hash tags are used.
twitter  en3177  hashtag  retweet  collaboration  socialpractices 
november 2010
Colleges Transform the Liberal Arts - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Rebrand the lib arts: "Taking a new form and, in some cases, going by a new name, the liberal arts are becoming a very visible force in the curricular lives of students. What's more, the number of students majoring in most humanities fields—disciplines viewed by some as the key to a liberal-arts education—has grown since the late 1980s."
november 2010
Faculty Views About Online Learning -
via Tech-Rhet. Bar charts. Online is more work for less educational quality, and practiced mainly by the tenure-track faculty. I'm assuming this refers mainly to institutionalized CMS stuff. That's my over-generalization for the day.
#plenk2010  DE  openeducation  open_learning  CMS  ple 
november 2010
Stephen Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education
Go, Stephen: "While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the form in which we have managed education and society in general, has ultimately come to failure." This article is difficult to summarize, but it places institutionalized ed in there with corporate greed, exploitation, outsourcing, and powerlessness. And my university says, "Education is broken because we don't assess." Ed is broken alright, but it's broken like corporations are.
#plenk2010  assessment  openeducation  open_learning  ple 
november 2010
Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y - the Facebook Generation - WSJ
Seems I've seen these 12 points before - can't recall where, but they are familiar. Anyway, brief, light-weight toss-off article homogenizes The Kids by working backwards from characteristics of some web interactions to characterizing the Coming Workers.
management  facebook  newmedia  socialmedia  fyc  fluff 
november 2010
The Eight-Word Mission Statement - Harvard Business Review
The short form forces concision, but it can also be used to generate possibles. 'Starr insists that companies he funds can express their mission statement in under eight words. They also must follow this format: "Verb, target, outcome."' It'd add "means."
genre  generator  mission  shortform  twitter  statement  branding 
november 2010
Student Bloggers | Electronic Frontier Foundation
From the EFF: a review of students' speech rights in the US. Don't panic. If students really want to trash teachers, they'll do it on Facebook, anyway.
en3177  weblogs  blogs  dangersofblogging 
october 2010
Proposing a Taxonomy of Social Reading
Draft in progress of a taxonomy to start making sense of what reading becomes online. Social practices from annotation to discussion boards to other alternatives.
literacy  newliteract  socialpractices  socialreading  en3177  ple  mooc 
october 2010
Clue helps you find out what's memorable about your page
displays a page for a few secs then quizzes viewer on what they recall.
october 2010
Grading Classroom Participation Rhetorically
students defend their participation with evidence.
october 2010
Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions | The New Everyday
In this cluster of The New Everyday we examine new everyday inscriptions, both the scholarly and the utterly mundane – from the grocery list to the collaboratively organized and annotated archive. The nine essays in this cluster focus on notes both physical and virtual, found and made, formal and informal, collaboratively and individually created, means-to-ends and ends-in-themselves.
new_epistemology  notes  notetaking  notebooks  newliteracy 
october 2010
“Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions”: Introduction | The New Everyday
A curated cluster media commons, considering how we take notes - the devices and the technques. #1 on my Instapaper list right now: That's a case where the note is the content. 
lists  literacy  newmedia  #plenk2010  ple  notetaking 
september 2010
Will the Book Survive Generation Text? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A modest prediction of more cultural catastrophe on the way. Too clever by half. But a good article for freshmen to read and say, 'meh.' Have a look at the comments.
literacy  literature  doomsayers  fyw  done_to_death 
september 2010
edtechpost - PLE Diagrams
Mother of all PLE diagrams compilation
#plenk2010  ple  visualization 
september 2010
if:book: the truth is in the back and forth
A complete history of the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War (the second one) in XII volumes, printed. We *so* need a semiotics of writing. "Four years later, we don't yet have the tools that would let people read Wikipedia articles in "a new way" but hopefully Bridle's very impressive experiment with this one article will spur efforts to develop new tools for reading online works which are constantly being changed and edited."
wikipedia  collaborativewriting  history  socialpractices  reading 
september 2010
Through the Open Door: Open Courses as Research, Learning, and Engagement
Good intro and o review of MOOCs and open ed in general: movement towards the Socratic and away from content-centered.
MOOC  open_learning  #PLENK2010  OER 
september 2010
'Open Teaching': When the World Is Welcome in the Online Classroom
Brief overview of open courses - that gets a number of matters wrong (ie: You don't open Bboard. You move to a different platform). Worth referring to in order to see how open courses are an attitude, not a technology. Comments from Siemens and Drexler correct the article.

: "What was different was the radically decentralized, "kids in control" environment. Instead of restricting posts to a closed discussion forum in a system like Blackboard, the class left students free to debate anywhere. Some used Moodle, an open-source course-management system. Others preferred blogs, Twitter, or Ning. In the virtual world Second Life, students built two Spanish-language sites. Some even got together face-to-face to discuss the material."
MOOC  ple  open_learning  opencourse 
september 2010
Ugly Vegas Carpets Want You to Keep Playing | Raw File
Maluszynski photographs Lost Wages carpets as "odd patterns that define particular places.” Maluszynski plans to point his lens at another smothering of American kitsch: “I have started shooting motel bedspreads; it’s a great excuse to go road-tripping.” And an opportunity for a diss in semiotics.
semiotics  rhetoric 
september 2010
This Spam Infographic About Spam Infographics Makes My Head Hurt
Recursion. Gaming Digg. Adding spam as value-added. I knew that infographic meme was lame.
spam  infographics  erhetoric 
september 2010
Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter - ProfHacker
Covering organization, access, frequency, substance, archiving, and assessment
twitter  twwt  social_learning  socialpractices  socialmedia  teaching  tips 
september 2010
Gardening the wiki, order in chaos
Brian Lamb's latest report on recent gardening efforts at ubc wiki.
wiki  gardening  en3177 
september 2010
iPad: Traveling Cold turkey
Add his one to the constraints of writing on an iPad w/o multitasking.
iPad  travel 
august 2010
Step-by-Step: Creating Your Blogging System
Advice for EN3177. Get a plan. Get a market. Get a purpose.
en3177  blogging 
august 2010
Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive « alex.moskalyuk
Love 'em or 'ate 'em. "a pop psych book, where a bunch of research in psychology is distilled into one readable volume. ... 50 scientifically proven ways constitute 50 chapters of the book, longest of which take 7 pages. The authors take the position that persuasion is a science, not art, hence with the right approach anybody can become the master in the skill of persuasion." Many of the techniques aren't about designing so much as appeals to pathos and presentation. And they say *rhetoric* is dodgy! 
rhetoric  erhetoric  persuasion  persuasive_technologies 
august 2010
Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle
Here's a chord. Here's another. Now go form a band. Brian Lamb and Jim Groom critique open ed, sneaky commodification, Vivienne Westwood, and the coming New Romantics. This is where we are, again. Like old home week. "It may not surprise readers that the two of us—a couple of embittered Gen-X'ers who've been associated with the "edupunk" aesthetic—look at the commodification of online educational environments with distaste. At the risk of indulging our stereotypical knee-jerk anti-corporatism, we note here several concerns."
mooc  ple  bollocks  openeducation  edupunk  openaccess  opensource  sex_pistols  SCORM 
august 2010
Reflections on open courses « Connectivism
"MOOCs embody, rather than reflect, practices within the digital economy" and other premises. nice reflexive piece on designing, practicing, and convincing deans that MOOCs are worth trying
OLR  MOOC  social_learning  DE 
august 2010
Does your org have a Facebook Page comment escalation flow-chart? ~ Stephen's Web
Stephen Downes on what decorum becomes when run through an organization. Good teaching tool? Not so much. The principle behind the decorum is CYA rather than Do No Harm or Show Practical Wisdom.
socialpractices  rhetoric  decorum 
august 2010
Naked CIO: Apple's iPad - why it's iBad for business IT | Page 2 | CIO Insights | silicon.com
Businesses stay clear of ipad. Why? "All they care about is selling volume to pimply-faced teenagers looking for the next big thing. It is not in their business model and so it can't be in ours." Talk about a specious argument. I say, Fine. Keep ipads out of business. we spotty-faced pros do just fine without your tribe.
business  tribalism  rhetoric  fyc  iPad 
august 2010
The origins of abc | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog
via techrhet: Dead on intro to development of the western alphabet and writing.
typography  printing  history  the_page  writing  fyc 
august 2010
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt' : NPR
Local boy plays Lynn Truss, gets on NPR. The problem with signage fascists is that you can never tell if they are being good-natured, or just dim and nasty. All that talk about writing wrongs and whiting-out sin and evil might be posing and bluster. This typo-boy is polite, at any rate.
strunknwhite  fyc  grammar 
august 2010
Brian Lamb calls for open access to academic knowledge
Comments on Brian Lamb's comments on OER at London conference. It's criminal, not to share.
OER  education  openeducation  wikihandbook 
august 2010
Ben Davis on social media art - artnet Magazine
"Is there any more interesting way to think about the topic than the loose and impressionistic manner that it is currently framed?" Of course there is. And the doscussion is just getting started.
semiotics  social_art  socialmedia  newmedia  rhetoric 
august 2010
Slashdot Ask Slashdot Story | Your Online Education Experience?
Brief entry and extended discussion on DE including Walden, Phoenix, and state unis, being self-taught, the value of a degree. Anecdotal, but broad.
de  ple  education  twwt 
july 2010
ZSR | The Future Of - Blogging as Scholarship
We've turned the corner on scholarly blogging. Next you know, Time will cover it. Some valuable links in this short post. "If scholars are to be truly evaluated on their impact to the field, a blog that fosters healthy debate and discussion, and ideally advances ideas or problems within the field, is a strong indicator of immediate impact. "
blogging  scholarship2.0  socialmedia  twwt  en3177 
july 2010
Intro to data visualization
Excellent intro lecture to same. Supplements Tufte et al.
visualization  data  tufte 
july 2010
Welcome to The Nethernet
Some profs using this as an incentive. I prefer my good and evil fully baked.
twwt  socialpractices  gaming 
july 2010
Challenging the Presentation Paradigm (in 6 minutes, 40 seconds): Pecha Kucha
20 sides running automatically for 20 secs each, each slide containing one graphic or one phrase. The numbers are arbitrary, but the constraints (equal time on each slide, one graphic or one phrase - not a sentence) are interesting. The article suggests it takes 6 hours to develop and practice the presentation.
presentations  ppt  pecha-kucha  powerpoint 
july 2010
Kairos PraxisWiki
Repository of brief articles on CMSs and teaching writing
wiki  twwt 
july 2010
Consumer Report iPhone4 study flawed | Viewpoints by Bob Egan
The iPhone antenna brouhaha is proving to be a good opportunity for teaching a lot about antennas, testing, and scientific methodology. After the battle is over, it will be good to return to the flak to do a rhetorical study.
iphone  teaching  scientific_method 
july 2010
Nixty Launches With Ambitions to Build Something Huge in eLearning
Two points here: Nixty social couse management software that leverages profs, and "the fact is that most people who can afford to go to college in the US want the experience of actually going to college. Those of us who would love to go back to college but don’t have the time to take off from careers or raising families, could use Nixty, but the problem is what I call the “Rosetta Stone dilemma.” I love Rosetta Stone’s software, and I think the approach to learning languages works – but the bottom line is there’s no short cut to the hours you need to put in to really learn a language fluently and I just don’t have those hours."
de  cms  socialsoftware  twwt 
july 2010
iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Reading on a device is 10% slowed and less satisfying. compresension not measured.
reading  usability  ereader  ipad 
july 2010
How we share our ideas #PLE_BCN
A variety of options to conference presentations
conference  ple 
july 2010
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Experiments in delinkification
Pop piece for Web Content Writing on placing links effectively. Old hat. Nielson was on this years ago, and rhetoricians were suggesting alternatives long before this piece was conceptualized - as the comments on the post point out.
wcw  links  en3177  erhetoric  socialpractices 
july 2010
De inventione punctus | Bookfuturism
Little bib on changing punctuation conventions, some of the speculation resting too much on ... um ... speculation. Leaves out Crystal and Baron. "All signs suggest punctuation is in flux. In particular, our signs that mark grammatical (and sometimes semantic) distinctions are waning, while those denoting tone and voice are waxing."
writing  writinglore  punctuation  fyc  twwt  erhetoric 
july 2010
The Ben Franklin Project
From web to print. "The Journal Register Company’s Ben Franklin Project is an opportunity to re-imagine the newsgathering process with the focus on Digital First and Print Last. Using only free tools found on the Internet, the project will – from assigning to editing- create, publish and distribute news content on both the web and in print"
print  publishing  blog  crowdsourcing  opensource  journalism  media 
june 2010
When Social Media Becomes The Message: The Gulf Oil Spill And @BPGlobalPR
fast article on the parody twitter account @BPGlobalPR. stay tuned.
twitter  hashtag  socialmedia  parody 
june 2010
Web 3.0
I usually dislike videos as intros/discussion starters because they wallow in their own existence, but this - assembled clips of the semanterati in 2010 declaring their points - is superbly done. Well selected, really well edited, and substantive.
semanticweb  web3.0  #CritLit2010 
june 2010
SAMPLE REALITY · Pedagogy and the Class Blog
About evaluating blog posts. Offers a rubric, similar to mine on weblogs and wikis, as well as a mid-term reflective post, again similar to my mid-term reflection.
twwt  blogd  blogging  pedagogy  evaluation 
june 2010
Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice
Thoughts and comments on COPs, from "Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger (1991) Situated Learning. Legitimate peripheral participation, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. 138 pages. Pathbreaking book that first developed the idea that learning 'is a process of participation in communities of practice, participation that is at first legitimately peripheral but that increases gradually in engagement and complexity'."
cop  ple  #CritLit2010 
june 2010
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